Prime Marina Sails Toward First Complete Season

Prime Marina Group, a Miami company that purchased two Island marinas from George and Sheryl Rogers last year, renamed both those marinas for the upcoming season. Edgartown Marina and Vineyard Island Marina are now Prime Marina Edgartown and Prime Marina Vineyard Haven respectively, though signage at both marinas simply reads Prime Marina. Four marinas currently make up the group’s portfolio. In addition to its Vineyard holdings, Prime Marina Group operates a marina in Coconut Grove, a well-heeled neighborhood in Miami, and another in East Greenwich, R.I., a town that according to the latest U.S. Census data, has the highest median family income in the Ocean State. Brian Ferrara, the group’s director of marine operations, told The Times that sometime before the end of the season this year, Prime Marina Group plans to close on a fifth marina at an undisclosed Northeast location.

Mr. Ferrara, a UMass graduate, formerly served as general manager for the enormous Marina Bay marina in Quincy, a facility currently owned by Brewer Yacht Yards and Marinas. While there, he oversaw 680 boat slips, and shepherded the design of 60 special slips dedicated to docking yachts of up to 250 feet in length. On the Vineyard, he oversees a far smaller number of slips — 55 in Vineyard Haven, where there are also 35 moorings, and 70 rack-service slips. Off Morse Street in Edgartown, a slipway and a Marine Travelift, two work docks, and six service moorings are under his stewardship. Between the marina in Vineyard Haven and the boatyard at 32 Herring Creek Road in Edgartown, Mr. Ferrara said, Prime Marina Group can store up to 300 boats outside and about 250 inside.

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